Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Thanks to Gary, some beautiful photos from players, officials and crowds at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Main Stadium, Indian Wells

Working Alone

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Bruno Soares and ElenaVesnina, Australian Open 2016

Elena Vesnina and Bruno Soares, playing their first tournament together defeated Coco Vandeweghe and Horia Tecau 6-4 4-6 10-5 to capture the mixed doubles crown in Melbourne.

On Saturday, Soares won the doubles title pairing Jamie Murray. They beat veterans Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek (80 years combined) 2-6 6-4 7-5 in the final.

Andy Murray was in the stands to watch his brother’s victory:

Photo credit: Darren Nunis

Novak Djokovic, Bercy Masters 2015

I spent a few days in Paris last week for the BNP Paribas Masters, the ninth and final Masters 1000 event of the season. Novak Djokovic captured the title, dispatching Andy Murray 6-2 6-4 in the final. Enjoy my pictures and recaps of day 1 to day 4.

Tomas Berdych, Radek Stepanek, Fabrice Martin and Lucas Pouille

An entertaining doubles match to finish this first morning session: the experienced team of Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek face the pair of Lucas Pouille and Fabrice Martin. I must admit I had never heard of Martin before today, but he was quite impressive at the net, and the French pair win the first set 6-3. The veteran Stepanek is on fire in the second set, and the Czechs level at one set all. Martin hurts himself during the match tiebreak, and Berdych and Stepanek win 3-6 6-0 10-4.

Tomas Berdych

Tomas Berdych

Fabrice Martin and Lucas Pouille
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Gael Monfils

I’m in Paris until Thursday for the BNP Paribas Masters (aka Bercy Masters). There’s usually plenty at stake in the ninth and final Masters 1000 event of the year: the race for world number one ranking or the battle for a place in the season-ending London finals. But this year, the eight players who have secured their spots are already known: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer and Kei Nishikori.
I have however big expectations for this tournament:
– I’m eager to see the “new” Bercy arena: the POPB that hosts the Bercy Masters has been completely renovated (read more about the modernization project)
– I didn’t manage to get tickets for the Davis Cup final, so I would like to see the clash between Andy Murray and David Goffin in the third round. I also would like to see Rafa Nadal and Kei Nishikori.

#Bercy arena under the sun #Paris #bnppm15

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#Bercy arena. I ll be from Monday to Thursday for the #bnppm15 #Paris

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My first impressions about the renovated arena: everything looks so … grey: the court, the seats, the hallway. It’s quite depressing! The food is expensive, as usual: €8 for a pizza slice, €4 for a 50cl Coke bottle! If you plan to attend the Bercy Masters next year, bring your own food. There’s also a bakery just in front of the arena where you can buy good sandwiches. On the plus side: free wifi is now available in the arena, and the seats are much more comfortable!

#Bercy arena #bnppm15

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#Bercy arena #bnppm15

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Kei Nishikori at practice, 2015 US Open

After wins over Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic, Kei Nishikori lost to Marin Cilic in last year’s US Open final. How far do you think Kei will go this year?

Update: it’s already over for the Japanese, beaten in the first round by Benoit Paire.

Here are a few pictures of Nishikori hitting with Radek Stepanek last Friday.

Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori

Michael Chang

Kei Nishikori

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